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Dan Absalonson

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  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3576)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3266)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Wayne says: "Best novel in the Silo Saga series!"
    "Fantastic Read, Great Ending to an Amazing Saga"
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    I really enjoyed this novel. It was an awesome conclusion to all of the fantastic storytelling and great characters Hugh Howey has given us with Wool and Shift. It was all over far earlier than I would have liked it to be, but then I was dreading finishing this book even as I started the first chapter. It probably went by so fast too because I was enjoying it so much. I didn't want the Silo Saga to end because I have had such a great experience surviving with its characters for some time now. Wool is still my favorite but I enjoyed reading Dust much more than Shift. While shift did a great job of revealing to me how this crazy world came into being Dust returned to having more dramatic and exciting things happen in the story like Wool. There were a lot of scenes that were very gripping and kept me glued to my iPod to hear each and every new word.

    I won't give anything away but I will say when I read the ending I was so happy to be with those characters in that historical moment for them and for their world. It was really moving and I was smiling the whole time I read it. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for every character though, and I really enjoyed seeing characters I have come to love go through more intense and trying situations.

    I felt that Hugh did a good job of ending his series and keeping a good balance with all of the characters and silos in the story. By the time you're reading this book there are many characters and silos Hugh had to juggle to finish out his awesome saga. It didn't feel like that though. Yes there was a log of switching between silos and characters, but everytime the viewpoint character or setting switch I was just instantly right with them or right there that it never felt like a big back and forth. It just felt like one cohesive and awesome story. I highly recommend this book. I loved it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • More Than a Carpenter

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Josh D. McDowell
    • Narrated By Sean McDowell
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (335)

    The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation of seekers with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer.

    veronica says: "A great book but error in the audio"
    "Powerful"
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    This book was powerful. It's part testimony, part research. The truth that the author found after researching the Bible, its claims, and its authenticity was laid out really well in this book. The testimony of the change it made in the authors life was powerful. I really enjoyed this one and got some good life notes out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14319)
    Performance
    (12879)
    Story
    (12890)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    Ariel says: "It might be better to actually read this."
    "Loved the Book, Good Narrator, Horrible at Accents"
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    This was a fun well-written adventure. Part coming of age, part urban fantasy, part time travel story. It was a lot more frank and honest than I was expecting from a fantasy story.

    It reads a lot more like a literary coming of age book with fantastical elements woven throughout the pages. At times the writing was so good, beautiful, and used such great words that it didn't seem to mesh well with the way the main character would have actually written it. The narrator often felt a lot more like the author writing the book than the main character writing the book in first person. It was well written beautiful prose, but it sometimes took me out of the story a little bit because I didn't think it fit the main character's voice.

    Other than that I have no complaints about this story and I thought it was awesome. It was well told. There was a lot of great mystery to it. It seemed to take forever to reveal the fantastical stuff in the book, but it was a good kind of edge of your seat waiting. I really enjoyed going on this journey with the main character.

    I read this book by listening to the audio book. I don't recommend you do the same, but the second and third books are by a narrator I really like so check those out if you liked this first book. The narrator for this book is talented and is actually a great narrator - but he is really awful at accents. A lot of the characters have accents in this book and he just butchered their lines. It was really painful. It didn't ruin the audiobook for me, but it made it much less enjoyable and I wish I would have read the book with my eyes instead of listening to this version of it. That said - if I knew there wouldn't be any accents in it - I would listen to another audiobook read by this narrator because when he wasn't trying to use an accent he was great.

    The story ends in a cool place that leaves you eager to read the next book in the series, but it was still a great complete story all its own. The world is going to become a whole lot bigger in the next book. I look forward to continuing my journey with these fun peculiar characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year: Holiday Memories Written and Performed by Our Favorite Narrators

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Audible Narrators
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, and others
    Overall
    (5562)
    Performance
    (4946)
    Story
    (4934)

    Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute. And though our narrators are the best story tellers in the business, it's usually someone else's that they're telling.

    Dave says: "Is Some Kind of White Elephant Gift?"
    "A Great Gift"
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    This was a delightful listen. Audible gave it to me for free for being a member. They do that every year and it's always an awesome gift. It was really cool hearing personal stories from some of my favorite audiobook narrators. These people are well-versed in telling The stories of others, but this time they told their own. They did a great job. I wonder if any of them are also writers. The stories were heartwarming, heart wrenching, hilarious, and very enjoyable to listen to during this Christmas season. It was really fun to get a glimpse into the lives of the narrators who shared their story in this audiobook. Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Claudia Gray
    • Narrated By Pierce Cravens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6422)
    Performance
    (6006)
    Story
    (5999)

    This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

    Matt H. says: "Cure for the Aftermath Blues"
    "Fantastic STAR WARS story. Loved the characters."
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    Lost Star was a fantastic book. I love how much emotion was in it. That should be obvious because it's a Young Adult novel Romeo and Juliet space adventure but this book surprised me with how much awesome strong emotions it had in it. The characters go through a lot it I really felt what they were feeling as I read this book. It was amazing.

    I loved how the intimate story of the two main characters weaved through huge story moments in the original STAR WARS trilogy, even doing things that you see the effects of in Episode VII The Force Awakens. You get to see big parts of Episodes IV, V, and VI through different perspectives and that was really fun. Some of the huge story events that happen in those movies have enormous effects on the characters both emotionally and on their careers. I loved getting to experience a great new story with awesome new characters I had come to love that also intersected with a story I've known and loved for years. Sometimes this book goes into more detail than the original trilogy explaining the thinking and reasoning behind why things happened the way they did and I can't help but think the next time I watch the original trilogy it will be enriched from my reading of this book and that is so rad!

    The first time Ciena Ree met Darth Vader the way she described him made him seem so creepy and powerful and it was really fun to see the iconic character through her eyes. It gave me more respect for Darth Vader in a weird way and made him seem scarier and more powerful even though I know him well. That was cool.

    The story starts on the small backwater planet of Jelucan and Gray did an amazing job with the world building there. It felt so lived in with its own rich history and the two societies who didn't get along with the newer Second Wavers and the older natives called the Valley Kindred. From these two very different cultures two friends meet and their story grows from there.

    I loved the character growth of the two main characters Thane Kyrell the aristocratic second waver, and Ciena Ree the rural villager. They become so much more as they rise in power and position through the ranks of the Empire and more. Their story was really touching, thrilling, and fun to read. You get to see them go from backwater kids with huge dreams to important people in the universe right there at the heart of many of the major conflicts. The way I got to experience these kids grow up was really special and made for a really enjoyable reading experience.

    The last act of the book was amazing. There was so much built up emotion and so much intense action that it made for one heck of a story climax. It was fantastic. I can't recommend this book enough for STAR WARS fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Putin and MH370/MH17

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Joseph
    • Narrated By Andrew Philip Bryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    David Joseph's "The Great Hijacking", "Putin's Shoot-Down", and "The Bully" all bundled into one book titled Putin and MH370/MH17. A Boeing 777 takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and rendezvouses behind an American tanker refueling fighters, thus falling in its radar. Chinese military computer hackers break into a key defense satellite, a North Korean cargo ship drops a black box into the Indian Ocean, and a home flight simulator has traces of island landings in the Indian Ocean. All the events combine to produce a perfect storm for "The Great Hijacking".

    Dan Absalonson says: "Cool Military Stories"
    "Cool Military Stories"
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    This was a cool look behind the scenes in some very crazy political and war dealings. It felt kind of like a realistic spy novel in the first story, a political thriller in the second stories, and a fun war story in the third story. In the first story there were a bunch of tense scenes that were exciting to listen to. I particularly liked the scenes that had to do with commercial airplanes. I used to work at an airport and it reminded me of being around big commercial jets.

    The narrator Andrew Philip Bryan has a great voice which made for an enjoyable listen. He has a pleasant British accent. His accents for the characters from other countries could use some work though.

    This book was well researched. It gave a lot of details about specific technologies and equipment used. These details added to the realism of the stories. In reading this book you get to hang out with some terrible powerful world leaders.

    I enjoyed the author's note before the third story. It was cool to know he had some personal experiences that inspired the story. If you like military stories and appreciate reading books that get the technical aspects right check this one out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chimera Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elliott Garber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading--before it blows up into a global pandemic.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Fast paced and gripping."
    "Awesome Science Filled Thriller w/ Heart!"
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    This was an amazing book. It was intensely interesting, thrilling, and moving. There were some really touching scenes between gorillas and the people looking out for them. There were some heartfelt scenes between people who were really close to each other in tremendous circumstances. Even with all the smart well written science and action this book had heart. There were some more quiet scenes where doctors and scientists worked on figuring out just what was going on with these sick gorillas. There were also some great action scenes with awesome firefights.

    I read this book by listening to the audiobook and I'm really glad I did. The narrator Neil Shah was amazing. His narration of the story alone was great but on top of that he flawlessly pulls of dozens of accents from all over the world. It made the story feel that much more large and exciting and cultured. I don't know how he's mastered so many accents but he uses his immense talent well narrating all the different characters in this book.

    If you want to dig into some well written science, with awesome action, and cool well rounded characters you'll love to root for and against then do yourself a favor and pick this one up. I think you'll be as pleased as I was that you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strikers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Christy
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. A law broken means a strike against the lawbreaker. Five strikes means execution. The only hope for the law breaker is to escape Texas - to go Striker - before justice comes for them.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "Not my cup of tea but I can see why others love it"
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    This book was fun and I can see why a lot of people loved it but it just wasn't for me. There were a lot of parts I enjoyed, but in the end it was a bit of a let down. Let me start this review though by telling you what I did think was good in this book.

    The narrator was fantastic. She did an incredible job with the story. She has a wonderful voice to listen to and delivers the narration really well. I liked her differentiation for the various characters too. Spot on narration performance.

    The first person narration and the characters worked well. You really get to know the main character Karas and the author did a good job of describing how she felt in every scene. So you got a good take on that character. The other characters were fleshed out pretty well and they came across as believable. So she did a good job with her characters which could be argued is the most or one of the most important things for a fiction book.

    The story world was cool and I liked seeing how different it was from our own in a sort of post-apocalyptic way, but there was much left unexplained. Part of this could be that you discover the world through the eyes of the main character and she still has a lot to learn about the world, but it left me wanting a bit more information on the world and how it worked. Still I enjoyed experiencing this story world through the main character's point of view.

    The book starts out really well. I was really impressed with it. The writing was great, the emotion, the world. It was exciting and a lot of crazy things and action take place. Then when the characters set off on their adventure it's kind of one long slog until they get to a certain place. Then some great action happens, and then it's another kind of boring journey where not much happens.

    This was a cool book but I feel that a lot more could have been done to make it an amazing book. There was a lot of show don't tell, or where you as a reader miss an event happening and it's explained later in dialog. Those things were a letdown to me. Also I felt like the ending did have tension, but was over way too fast and it was way too easy for them to defeat the bad guy. After he's been chasing them for pretty much the whole book you wanted a really big hard final showdown where it seems like the characters weren't going to win - but they do and it was very easy for them. They didn't have to really struggle to beat the bad guy in the final showdown scene. That was kind of the last straw for me. I was kind of bored through the book, though I did enjoy many details and little scenes and interactions between characters, and I was kind of holding out for the end of the book to wow me and sadly it did not.

    It should be said that I'm a male in his thirties who loves reading action and adventure stories. While this story didn't have as much of that stuff as I would have liked it did have romance that I'm sure a lot of readers will appreciate. Like I said the author nailed the characters and their interactions between each other on their journey was done well. I just wish it would have been harder for them and that more would have happened. I think a lot of female readers will love this book, and I'm sure even a lot of male readers.

    Ann Christy is a good writer and we can only expect better and better books to come from her so - would I read her next book? Yes I would. She has talent, hopefully she just works a little harder on the "dark night of the soul," "all is lost" moment in her next book.

    Still a pretty good read - I think I'm just not the target audience for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scavenger: Evolution: Sand Divers, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Timothy C. Ward
    • Narrated By David Robison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In the future, sand divers search the depths for the lost city of Danvar and the truth behind their bleak existence. Divemaster Rush hasn't dived since he lost his infant. A job offer turns from an escape to a trap, and the lure of a hardened heart to survive like anyone else would. One dive leads to another. Farther and farther from the surface, death and evolution change his world. He'll have to change, too, or watch his wife rise without him.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Intriguing world!"
    "An Emotional Thrilling Story in the world of Sand"
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    This was a fun read. There was a lot of action and once the story started moving it didn't stop. Leading up to all the action is a ton of emotion built into the main character. This base enhances the rest of the book giving the exciting scenes an extra layer of what's going on in the characters heads. It provided a good pushing off point for the characters motivations.

    I loved the expansion of Hugh Howey's Sand world in this story. We got to see the power of the sand diving suits used in new and different ways. We also learned a bit more about the old world that existed before everything was covered in sand and that was cool.

    I liked the characters in this story. They had a lot of emotionally charged back story and it helped make the story feel deeper through the many fun fast paced action driven scenes that made up the last three quarters of the book. You get a lot of the main character's thoughts throughout the story and really feel like you know him by the end of the book. If you liked Hugh Howey's Sand you'll enjoy this story as well. It did not disappoint.

    I read this book by listening to the audiobook. Dave Robison's narration was fantastic. First of all, the guy just has a great voice for narration. It's low, rich, and just easy on the ears. This guy could read a phone book and listening would be a nice way to pass the time. Beyond that I really enjoyed his reading of the character's dialog. When they got emotional you could really hear it in his voice. He's a great actor. I've noticed a lot of narrators, even popular great ones, don't really let their voices get that emotional when reading dialog of characters who are crying or screaming. I appreciated the emotion this narrator poured into his words. It really helped you feel what the characters were feeling and added to the emotion of the scene. I also loved the effects he used like a subtle echo when the character was thinking or the cool effects he put on a robotic A.I. voice. All of these made the story that much more fun to listen to and immersive. So a great story that made for a fantastic listen with great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chimes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6713)
    Performance
    (6025)
    Story
    (6021)

    A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

    Gillian says: "Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!"
    "Awesome Narration, Okay Story"
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    Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors. I read A Christmas Carol every year around Christmas. This story, though narrated magnificently, was alright - just kind of boring. It started off well describing wind swirling through a church at night, but the story after that never grabbed my attention. It had great writing of course, but the story left me wanting. I would definitely listen to another audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage though, he was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (457)

    In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

    Amazon Customer says: "The One Book All Self Published Authors Must Read!"
    "Great Book for Writers, Tons of Info, Entertaining"
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    There is a lot of great info in here. I love how the informal tone of the book sets you at ease as if you're listening to a friend give you advice from the other chair in the room. Even though there's a ton of info in here it was entertaining and fun to read because of the great authorial voice. Reading about the authors' journeys and successes was inspirational too. I'm glad I finally picked this one up, and I guess I should get an email list for my author website.

    The narrator was great and had a wonderfully laid back voice that added to the tone of the book. He pulled off the humor, storytelling, and educational stuff all really well. Great choice for this book - even though it was really weird that he reads with a British accent and the authors are Americans. That was a very strange choice but I still think it was a good one because he's a great narrator and they knew that so they picked a great narrator for the job. I'd listen to other books he's narrated. Good voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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